Media Unlimited Director Magda Abu-Fadil joined experts on the Arab Journalism Award’s (AJA) judging panels that evaluated entries nominated for coveted prizes to be presented in May 2013.
She attended a meeting in Dubai of committee representatives for 12 of the 14 prize categories. It grouped noted Arab journalists, academics and researchers and was chaired by AJA director Muna Busamra.
The Dubai Press Club, which oversees the AJA process, announced the names of the 60 judges in April.
It was the first time in the AJA’s 12-year history that judges’ names were made public ahead of the awards ceremony.
The awards will be handed out at the end of Arab Media Forum scheduled for May 14-15.
There were a record 4,146 entries in this year’s lineup with 33 finalists vying for top place in their respective categories.
Abu-Fadil evaluated articles in the investigative journalism category.
Judges scrutinize anonymous articles according to strict rules and submit their evaluations online.
The committees’ recommendations are reviewed and approved by the AJA board, which also selects the best annual column and media personality of the year.
Some 600 jury members have served on panels since the prize’s inception in 1999, AJA deputy director Jasim Al Shemsi said.